Autumn highlights at Nostell

Discover seasonal delights for all the senses at Nostell this autumn with colourful walks, family fun and tasty treats in the cafe.

Fungi growing at Nostell

Fungi foray

Can you tell the difference between honey fungus and pleated ink cap? Download our fungi ID sheet to give you a helping hand and join a fungi walk with specialist Alan Braddock on Sunday 8 and Wednesday 11 October.

Visitors looking at apples in the orchard at Nostell

Nostell apple week

Celebrate the changing seasons with us, Monday 9 – Sunday 15 October. Learn the process of apple ID, pickup top tips from Mark the kitchen gardener and get stuck into to apple pressing, stories and crafts on our apple family fun day.

Children running through woods kicking up leaves

Give the gardeners a helping hand

Drop in 11am - 3pm on Sundays 23 September and 8 October to muck in with the gardeners and help clear some autumn leaves - you're sure to have a go at number 33 of your #50things.

Visitors holding autumn leaves

October half-term

Bring the kids and grandkids for autumn adventures including campfire cooking, conker championships and clock crafts. Join us for Hallowe'en family fun on Saturday 28 October with den building and broomstick making.

Visitor taking part in an embroidery workshop at Nostell

Join an artist workshop 

We've a fantastic range of workshops to craft your own Christmas presents or learn a new skill to create a masterpiece for yourself. From wire drawing and festive felting to wreath making and embroidery, you'll find plenty of inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

The clock made by John Harrison at Nostell

Should we stop the clock?

As we prepare to close the house for the season, join specialists from a range of disciplines as they debate whether we should stop the 300-year-old Harrison clock to preserve its original parts or replace components to keep it ticking.

Nostell Lower Lake in autumn

ID that tree

Heading for a woodland walk? Download the spotter sheet and identify all the different species you see at Nostell, from sweet chestnuts to sycamores. Top tip: don’t miss the colourful canopies along the lakes.

Acer in autumn in the Menagerie Garden at Nostell
Walking trail

Menagerie Garden walk 

Crunch through conkers, acorns and pinecones to find the enchanting Menagerie Garden. Bring your camera for the highlight of this woodland walk, the fiery red acer.

Squirrel with a nut in its mouth
Walking trail

Obelisk Lodge walk 

Spot wildlife at every turn and take in colourful landscape views from Obelisk Lodge. The meadows you walk through have been freshly chomped by cattle as part of a conservation grazing scheme, which will mean blooming wildflowers next summer.

Conkers and acorns gathered in autumn

Bonkers for conkers

You don’t need to forage very far at Nostell to find autumn treasures beneath the trees. Download our map for the best spots to search for conkers, acorns and beech nuts.

Pumpkins grown in the Kitchen Garden at Nostell

Autumn harvest 

The Kitchen Garden is a riot of colour at this time of year, with squashes, pumpkins and apples in the orchard and veg patches. Don’t miss the last of the floral blooms too, with the central vista bursting with pinks cosmos and scented lavender.

Squash hummus and beetroot wrap at Nostell

Taste the seasons 

Lots of the fruit and veg grown in the Kitchen Garden is used in the recipes you’ll find in the Courtyard Café. From parsnip and apple quiche to pumpkin soup, we’ve lots of seasonal favourites to tickle your taste buds.